A saeta
Spanish writing exercise

Una saeta

Jaime tells us about his experience in Seville during Easter celebrations. In this exercise you'll practise sentences with "se", relative and adverbial clauses.

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After having spent Easter in Seville, I've been thinking about how nice it is to listen to a flamenco saeta. My hair stood on end! It's a religious song with a lot of passion and feeling which tries to evoke passages [note: of the Bible] of the passion and death of Jesus. It can be heard mainly in southern Spain and normally it is sung to the passage of the statues of the Easter processions. The text of the saeta is written in 4 or 5 octosyllabic verses and there are not too many people who sing them, but some tourists pay large amounts of money just to listen to them up close. I think that next year I'll go back to Seville to continue listening to these very traditional songs.

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